"And they did, including that now-infamous Mk-9 military-grade riot-control pepper sprayer that he used. Oh, funny thing about that particular model of pepper-sprayer? It’s illegal for California cops to possess or use. It turns out that the relevant law only permits the use of up to Mk-4 pepper sprayers. The consultants were unable to find out who authorized the purchase and carrying, but every cop they asked said, “So what? It’s just like the Mk-4 except that it has a higher capacity.” Uh, no. It’s also much, much higher pressure, and specifically designed not to be sprayed directly at any one person, only at crowds, and only from at least six feet away. The manufacturer says so. The person in charge of training California police in pepper spray says that as far as he knows, no California cop has ever received training, from his office or from the manufacturer, in how to safely use a Mk-9 sprayer, presumably because it’s illegal. But Officer Nameless, when he wrote the action plan for these arrests, included all pepper-spray equipment in the equipment list, both the paint-ball rifle pepper balls and the Mk-9 riot-control sprayers."

The Infamous Brad - Sometimes, When “All the Facts are In,” It’s Worse: The UC-Davis Pepper-Spray Report (via robot-heart-politics)

So how many people are going to jail for this fiasco?

(via stfuconservatives)

stfuconservatives:

Elderly Woman Who Locked Abusive Cop In Basement Wins Settlement From Police

socialismartnature:

Oh, hell yes. Not only does this cop get a taste of his own medicine — being detained by an elderly black woman he had been abusing — but then this same woman goes on to get a settlement pay-out from the city for her troubles.

To me, a social revolution would essentially consist of people all over the country conducting such “citizens arrests” against all of the police, and detaining them until such time as they were deemed to no longer pose a threat to society.

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An elderly woman got the last word after locking a police officer in her basement, and later suing the police.

Venus Green, who was 87 when she was handcuffed, roughed up and injured by police, will receive $95,000 as part of a settlement with Baltimore City. The city chose to settle the case instead of taking a chance in front of a jury.

In July 2009, Green’s grandson, Tallie, was shot and wounded. Tallie said he was shot at a convenience store, but police insisted it happened inside Green’s house and that the shooter was either Tallie or Green.

“Police kept questioning him. They wouldn’t let the ambulance attendant treat him,” Green said. “So, I got up and said, ‘Sir, would you please let the attendants treat him? He’s in pain,’” Green said.

Police wanted to go the basement, where Tallie lived, but Green refused on the basis that the police did not have a warrant.

“I said, ‘No, you don’t have a warrant. You don’t go down in my house like that. He wasn’t shot in here.’”

A struggle ensued between a male officer and Green.

“He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me,” Green said.

An officer went into the basement and Green locked him inside …

We need more political pressure to crack down on bad cops and crooked institutions.

(via stfuconservatives)

stfusexists:

And now, in what seems to be your hourly dose of police brutality (the click through link has a graphic picture, just be aware):

beatyourselfup:

Abbotsford Police have recommended an assault charge be laid against a Williams Lake RCMP officer who allegedly punched a handcuffed teenage girl repeatedly in the face while she was in the back of a police cruiser last year.

Jamie Haller, 17, was running in fear from a Williams Lake street gang on the night of Sept. 10 and asked a passerby to call 911.

Jamie managed to call her mother, Martina Jeff, who jumped into her car and went looking for Jamie - who had never been in trouble with the law before.

When Martina found her, Jamie was surrounded by police officers, on the ground in handcuffs, and in the midst of a panic attack.

Jeff said she saw the police handle Jamie roughly as they put her in the back of a cruiser, where she began kicking the window.

Jeff said she heard Const. Andy Yung threaten Jamie if she didn’t stop kicking the window.

He then joined Jamie in the back, where, Jeff said, she saw Yung repeatedly punch her daughter in the face.

This is not the first time Const. Yung has been accused of bad behaviour.

According to newspaper reports, Yung was assigned to security detail at a conference of defence ministers in Banff in Sept. 2008.

He was off-duty on the night of Sept 5, when he got drunk and called his ex-girlfriend from his hotel room. The call left him in tears.

Yung then fired a shot from his service pistol into the ceiling of his room at the Banff Springs Hotel. He called 911 and said he had accidentally fired his handgun.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Yung had been illegally using the national police database to keep tabs on his ex-girlfriend.

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I’d be lying if I said this was the most shocking and terrifying story of police brutality by an RCMP officer I’ve ever heard, but it’s the most terrifying news story I’ve heard this year.

stfusexists:

ifweweremartians:

Why Are Police In America Treating Women Like Dogs?

When I was growing up, police in America generally treated women with gentleness and respect.  It was generally understood that women were not to be thrown around or mistreated by police unless they were being openly violent.  But in most areas of the United States those days are long gone.  Sadly, many police officers seem to make it a point to be especially mean and degrading to women.  All over the country women are being openly abused and humiliated by police.  In America today, women are being yanked around by their hair by police, women are being pepper sprayed directly in the face by police, and women are being brutally strip-searched in front of leering male police officers.  This is not how a civilized nation should be treating women and there is no excuse for treating women like dogs.  The incidents that you are about to read about are absolutely shocking.  They reveal just how far America has fallen.  If police will treat non-violent women like dogs, then what will they do when the time comes to arrest you?  That is something to think about.

What police are doing to peaceful female protesters in some areas of the country is absolutely horrific.  A recent article by Steve Watson described the degrading things that were done to one group of women when they were arrested in Maryland….

Attorneys with the anti-abortion groups the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the Thomas More Society of Chicago, and the American Catholic Lawyers Association revealed that after their arrest, the protesters, including women and young girls, one as young as 14, were put into leg shackles and strip searched twice, while being denied the right to make phone calls, and make contact with lawyers. The protesters were kept in jail overnight.

Reports indicate that the first strip search took place in the police station parking lot in full view of male officers. The second strip search was conducted at the Harford County Detention Center.

You can view a few minutes of video from when the women were originally arrested right here.

How would you feel if your mother, your wife or your daughter was being treated like this?

How would you respond if you learned that your female family members were strip-searched in front of leering male police officers?

There is no excuse for treating women like this.

In other parts of the country, police are getting very violent with peaceful female protesters.

For example, you can see videos about female protesters being pepper sprayed in the face here and here.

Is there any excuse for spraying pepper spray directly into the face of a woman that is being completely non-violent?

Police officers like that give all police a bad name.

Perhaps even more disturbing are the police officers that have been yanking women around by their hair.

In the video posted below, police brutally drag UCB English Professor Celeste Langan to the ground by her hair.  She was not being violent at all and she actually offered her wrists to the police and verbally told them that they could arrest her.  But instead of doing that, the police yanked her by the hair and threw her to the ground.  Subsequently, the police did the same thing to two other peaceful female protesters….

In the old days, any police officers that treated women like that would be run out of town.

But in modern “Amerika”, police get to treat women as brutally as they want.

In fact, if a woman calls the police in “Amerika” she may get raped.  When one 19-year-old single woman in Milwaukee dialed 911 for assistance, she never imagined that the police officer responding to the call would sexually assault her.  But that is exactly what happened.

Yes, there are still lots of good police officers out there in America.  Many work incredibly hard in extremely difficult circumstances to try to make our communities a safe place to live.

Unfortunately though, there is a cultural shift happening in America and the number of good police officers continues to decrease.  Many good officers are being slowly but surely replaced by brutal monsters that have no problem with treating people like garbage.

This kind of mistreatment of females by police officers is even going on in our public schools.

For example, a sixth-grade girl in Colorado was recently arrested and marched out of her school in handcuffs for being “argumentative and rude”….

An Adams County Sheriff’s Office incident report says the assistant principal found Yajira walking in the hallway during lunch because the girl claimed she was cold and needed to get a sweater from her locker.

The report says the assistant principal was in mid-sentence when Yajira, “turned and walked away saying, ‘I don’t have time for this.’”

When intervention efforts with a counselor failed, Yajira was handcuffed and put in the school resource officer’s patrol car and taken to a juvenile holding facility called “The Link.”

In a previous article, I detailed some other incidents where female students have been arrested and publicly humiliated while at school….

*At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume.

*A security guard at one school in California broke the arm of a 16-year-old girl because she left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning up some cake that she had spilled.

*In early 2010, a 12-year-old girl at a school in Forest Hills, New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly scribbled on her desk.

*A 6-year-old girl down in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

*A 17-year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school.  It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples.  So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this?  The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.

*In Allentown, Pennsylvania a 14-year-old girl was tasered in the groin area by a school security officer even though she had put up her hands in the air to surrender.

Are you disgusted yet?

You should be.

In Massachusetts, police were even sent out to collect an overdue library book from a 5-year-old girl.

What kind of country are we becoming?

Of course the federal government is one of the worst offenders when it comes to treating women like dogs.

At airports all over America, women are being strip-searched and publicly humiliated by TSA agents.

The following is how blogger Erin Chase described what she experienced when she went through a TSA pat-down while going through airport security with her young baby….

She patted my left arm, my right arm, my upper back and my lower back. She then said, “I need to reach in and feel along the inside of your waistband.”

She felt along my waistline, moved behind me, then proceeded to feel both of my buttocks. She reached from behind in the middle of my buttocks towards my vagina area.

She did not tell me that she was going to touch my buttocks, or reach forward to my vagina area.

She then moved in front of my and touched the top and underneath portions of both of my breasts.

She did not tell me that she was going to touch my breasts.

She then felt around my waist. She then moved to the bottoms of my legs.

She then felt my inner thighs and my vagina area, touching both of my labia.

She did not tell me that she was going to touch my vagina area or my labia.

Does treating women like this make us a safer country?

No.

The truth is that no other nation on earth is doing this sort of thing.

But it does show that we are becoming a country full of idiots.

After enduring such a horrific pat-down, Erin began shaking and she felt as though she had just been sexually assaulted….

I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking.

Here is why I was sexually assaulted. She never told me the new body search policy. She never told me that she was going to touch my private parts. She never told me when or where she was going to touch me. She did not inform me that a private screening was available. She did not inform me of my rights that were a part of these new enhanced patdown procedures.

It is absolutely mind blowing how women are being treated in America today.

How we treat women says a lot about where we are at as a nation.

And right now America is becoming a very heartless place.


Wow. Way to go Harford County, once again I am ashamed to have grown up in that horrible fucking place.

We need to do something to stop this. We need to make police brutality a campaign issue.

peak-society:

A police officer killed an elderly, deaf and mentally disabled man riding his bicycle by shooting him with a Taser stun gun after he failed to obey instructions to stop.

Roger Anthony, 61, was killed as he made his way home in Scotland Neck, South Carolina, after officers responded to a 911 call about a man who had fallen off his bicycle in a car park.

The caller told dispatchers that the man appeared drunk and that it looked like he had hurt himself.

Officers said they repeatedly told Mr Anthony to get off his bike, but when he didn’t respond, they shocked him. 

The state Office of the Medical Examiner hasn’t yet determined a cause of death.

Family members claim Mr Anthony had hearing problems and suffered from seizures. Now they’re considering whether to file a lawsuit against the town. 

His brother Michael said: ‘What did they tase him for? It’s hurting me. It’s really hurting me.’”


Signal boost.

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leftcoastjane:

This UC Davis prof,

responds to the violence on the Davis campus, I saw it via OhPauline and alyson-noele, it appeared first in HuffPost.

alyson-noele:

Yesterday, police at UC Davis attacked seated students with a chemical gas.

I teach at UC Davis and I personally know many of the students who were the victims of this brutal and unprovoked assault. They are top students. In fact, I can report that among the students I know, the higher a student’s grade point average, the more likely it is that they are centrally involved in the protests.

This is not surprising, since what is at issue is the dismantling of public education in California. Just six years ago, tuition at the University of California was $5357. Tuition is currently $12,192. According to current proposals, it will be $22,068 by 2015-2016. We have discussed this in my classes, and about one third of my students report that their families would likely have to pull them out of school at the new tuition. It is not a happy moment when the students look around the room and see who it is that will disappear from campus. These are young people who, like college students everywhere and at all times, form some of the deepest friendships they will have in their lives.

This is what motivates students who have never taken part in any sort of social protest to “occupy” the campus quad. And indeed, there were students who were attacked with chemical agents by robocops who were engaging in their first civic protest.

Since the video of the assault has gone viral, I will assume that most of you have seen the shocking footage. Let’s take a look at the equally outrageous explanations and justifications that have come from UC Davis authorities.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi sent a letter to the university last night. Chancellor Katehi tells us that:

The group was informed in writing… that if they did not dismantle the encampment, it would have to be removed…  However a number of protestors refused our warning, offering us no option but to ask the police to assist in their removal.

No other options? The list of options is endless. To begin with, the chancellor could have thanked them for their sense of civic duty. The occupation could have been turned into a teach-in on the role of public education in this country. There could have been a call for professors to hold classes on the quad. The list of “other options” is endless.

Chancellor Katehi asserts that “the encampment raised serious health and safety concerns.” Really? Twenty tents on the quad “raised serious health and safety concerns?” Has the chancellor been to a frat party lately? Or a football game? Talk about “serious health and safety concerns.”

How about this for another option: three years ago there was a very similar occupation of the quad at Columbia University in New York City by students protesting the way the expansion of the university was displacing residents in the neighborhood. There was a core group of twenty or thirty students there around the clock. At the high points there were 200-300. The administration met with the students and held serious discussions about their concerns. And after a couple of weeks the protest had run its course and the students took the tents down. The most severe action that was even contemplated on the part of the university was to expel students who were hunger striking, under a rule that allows the school to expel students who are considered a threat to themselves. But no one was actually expelled.

Remember when universities used to expel students instead of spray them with chemical agents?

We should also note that at Columbia, a private university, the campus police carry no arms and no pepper spray. This is what Columbia University police look like when arresting students:

2011-11-19-Columbia.jpg

This is what the police at Davis, a public university, looked like yesterday:

2011-11-19-Davis.jpg

It is worth noting that in the Columbia photo, the one without helmets, guns, or chemical assault weapons, the student is being arrested for selling cocaine. In the Davis photo the students were defending public education.

Could Chancellor Katehi please explain what “serious health and safety concerns” were posed at Davis that were absent at Columbia? The only thing that involved a “serious health and safety concern” at Davis yesterday was the pepper spray. I just spoke with a doctor who works for the California Department of Corrections, who participated in a recent review of the medical literature on pepper spray for the CDC. They concluded that the medical consequences of pepper spray are poorly understood but involve serious health risk. As with chili peppers, some people tolerate pepper spray well, while others have extreme reactions. It is not known why this is the case. As a result, if a doctor sees pepper spray used in a prison, he or she is required to file a written report. And regulations prohibit the use of pepper spray on inmates in all circumstances other than the immediate threat of violence. If a prisoner is seated, by definition the use of pepper spray is prohibited. Any prison guard who used pepper spray on a seated prisoner would face immediate disciplinary review for the use of excessive force. Even in the case of a prison riot in which inmates use extreme violence, once a prisoner sits down he or she is not considered to be an imminent threat. And if prison guards go into a situation where the use of pepper spray is considered likely, they are required to have medical personnel nearby to treat the victims of the chemical agent.

Apparently, in the state of California felons incarcerated for violent crimes have rights that students at public universities do not.

Amazingly, UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza attempted to justify this crime.

If you look at the video you are going to see that there were 200 people in that quad. Hindsight is 20-20 and based on the situation we were sitting in, ultimately that was the decision that was made.

Yes, there were about 200 people in the quad. It is a piece of grass that was placed by the designers of the campus to be an open, central meeting place for the university community. But somehow, 200 students in the quad has become a problem. A huge problem. A problem so big that, well, yeah it was too bad those kids got pepper sprayed, but hey, there were 200 people in the quad.

Like the chancellor, Chief Spicuzza justified the assault by saying that the protest was “not safe for multiple reasons,” none of which she specified.

How is it that non-violent student protest has suddenly become “unsafe” in the United States?

Just to jolt us back to reality for a moment, remember Amy Carter, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter. In 1985 she was arrested in an anti-apartheid demonstration at the South African Embassy in Washington. Like the Davis students, she was arrested when she refused an order to disperse. But she wasn’t sprayed with a chemical weapon, or bodyslammed to the ground. She was handcuffed and led to a police car, telling reporters, ”I’m proud to be my father’s daughter.” The following year she was arrested again, this time at the University of Massachusetts protesting CIA recruitment there.

In short, Amy was just the sort of student that the administration of the UC is panicked about. She moved from place to place. She was arrested multiple times. She was not a student at UM at the time of her arrest there. She was a sophomore at Brown. This is the big fear the UC leadership keeps raising about today’s campus protests: the protests can’t be allowed because they might involve “outside agitators” who are not students. Well, the former president’s daughter was just such an outside agitator. She even brought Abbie Hoffman to get arrested with her at a university where she was not a student! The sky didn’t fall. No one was injured. No weapons were used. And Amy was acquitted of all charges, successfully arguing in court that CIA involvement in Central America and elsewhere was equivalent to trespassing in a burning building.

Now fast forward to today. Last week, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau issued a statement justifying the brutal use of police batons on student protesters like this:

It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents. This is not non-violent civil disobedience… the police were forced to use their batons.

Perhaps the Chancellors of Davis and Berkeley have never seen this photo of people with linked arms. It is an iconic image of non-violent civil disobedience in this country.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau thus joins the likes of Bull Connor, the notorious segregationist and architect of the violent repression of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, as some of the very few people who view the non-violent tactics of Martin Luther King as violent.

Most people disagree, which is why King was given the Nobel Peace Prize.

Throughout my life I have seen, and sometimes participated in, peaceful civil disobedience in which sitting and linking arms was understood by citizens as a posture that indicates, in the clearest possible way available, protestors’ intent to be non-violent. If example, if you look through training materials from groups like the Quakers, the various pacifist organization and centers, and Christian organizations, it is universally taught that sitting and linking arms is the best way to de-escalate any confrontation between police and people exercising their first amendment right to public speech. 

Likewise, for over 30 years I have seen police universally understand this gesture. Many many times I have seen police treat protestors who sat and linked arms when told they must disperse or face arrest as a very routine matter: the police then approach the protestors individually and ask them if, upon arrest, they are going to walk of their own accord or not the police will have to carry them. In fact, this has become so routine that I have often wondered if this form of protest had become so scripted as to have lost most of its meaning.

No more.

What we have seen in the last two weeks around the country, and now at Davis, is a radical departure from the way police have handled protest in this country for half a century. Two days ago an 84 year old woman was sprayed with a chemical assault agent in Portland in the same manner our students at Davis were maced. A Hispanic New York City Councilman was brutally thrown to the ground, arrested, and held cuffed in a police van for two hours for no reason at all, and was never even told why he was arrested. And I am sure you all know about former Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Olsen, who suffered a fractured skull after police hit him with a tear gas canister, then rolled a flash bomb into the group of citizens trying to give him emergency medical care. 

Last week, former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper published an essay arguing that the current epidemic of police brutality is a reflection of the militarization (his word, not mine) of our urban police forces, the result of years of the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror. Stamper was chief of police during the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999, and is not a voice that can be easily dismissed.

Yesterday, the militarization of policing in the U.S. arrived on my own campus.

These issues go to the core of what democracy means. We have a major economic crisis in this country that was brought on by the greedy and irresponsible behavior of big banks. No banker has been arrested, and certainly none have been pepper sprayed. Arrests and chemical assault is for those trying to defend their homes, their jobs, and their schools.
These are not trivial matters. This is a moment to stand up and be counted. I am proud to teach at a university where students have done so.

READ NOW.

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huntersilver:

ellistheharrible:

hootlord:

stfuconservatives:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

whatiremembered:

This is important. Pepper spray should only ever be used to pacify a dangerous suspect. In this case it is being administered as a punishment, in clear violation of the 8th amendment and Article Five of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

occupyallstreets:

Activist were peacefully protesting on their campus at University of California, Davis Quad.

Friday afternoon police showed up in riot gear to disperse the protesters by using pepper spray at point-blank range.

The officer who pepper-sprayed UC Davis students is Lt. John Pike. Give his PD a call. 530-752-1727

The video’s worse.


Oh you gotta be fucking kidding me.

JESUS CHRIST, that video. How does anyone think this even remotely okay?

i actually know 2 of the people sitting there. wow this is horrible.
and to think i could have been there if i had graduated early. cool. 

Oh. Well, I guess I need to look up what just happened, don’t I.

There needs to be more political pressure to crack down on police brutality. I’m pretty sure incidents like this would be far rarer if using excessive force carried a serious risk of prosecution.